Eve 6 (sometimes typeset as EV? 6) is a rock band from Southern California who was most well known for their hits "Inside Out", "Leech", and the slow anthem "Here's to the Night". They disbanded in 2004 and reunited with two of the three original members in October 2007.
The band originally consisted of Max Collins (vocals, bass), Jon Siebels (guitar), and Tony Fagenson (drums). The band formed in 1995 in La Crescenta, California first as Yakoo, then Eleventeen; the name Eve 6 was only adopted later. Their first show was at Eagle's Coffee Pub in North Hollywood. Eleventeen had secured a recording contract with RCA while Max and Jon were still in high school.
The band's final name is a reference to The X-Files. Tony Fagenson, a fan of the show, suggested the name after seeing an episode entitled "Eve". The episode featured genetically engineered characters known as "Eves," which were portrayed by Harriet Sansom Harris. One of these genetically engineered characters, named "Eve #6," made a remark about biting a guard's eyeball, which Fagenson thought merited "Eve 6" as a band name.
Poor sales of It's All In Your Head (Only 192,000 Units were moved, compared to the platinum and gold certification for their two previous albums), resulted in Eve 6's release from their record contract with RCA. Subsequently announcing their breakup, Eve 6 played their final show together on the night of , 2004 in front of a large crowd under the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis (.) Max had a short lived project called Brotherhood of Lost Dogs. Max and Tony reunited to form a new band called The Sugi Tap, which can be found at http:www.myspace.com/sugitap. They have recorded some demos and played shows throughout the California region during 2006.
After performing for over a year as The Sugi Tap, on October 1, 2007 it was leaked Alex Band website that a "newly reunited" Eve 6 (only including Max and Tony, and a new guitarist named Matt Bair formerly of the Long Island band "Bandcamp," as Siebels has elected to focus on his new band Monsters are Waiting...) would be going on tour, playing their first show at the Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Eve 6 is planning to release a new album, but a release date has not been confirmed. Coincidentally, The Sugi Tap has been "paused" indefinitely. All of these things were confirmed on The Sugi Tap's MySpace Site.
Eve 6's basic rock trio (guitar/bass/drums) sound is augmented on their later studio recordings with many interesting studio techniques. For example, "Bang" (from Horrorscope) culminates in a section constructed entirely from repeated, overdubbed layers. Eve 6 also made liberal use of overdubbed vocals and other studio polish, such as the vocoded filigree directly preceding the breakdown section of "On the Roof Again" (from Horrorscope). Eve 6 has also made heavy use of a trochee meter.
Eve 6 is perhaps best known for its lyrics however, which feature vivid imagery and inventive wordplay: two of the group's hits, "Inside Out" (from their self-titled album) and "Promise" (from Horrorscope), are good examples of this style. Romance and angst are common themes, but the band also explores issues of gender identity ("Jet Pack," or "Sunset Strip Bitch," both from Horrorscope), suicide ("Friend of Mine," from It's All in Your Head), among others.
The nostalgic ballad "Here's to the Night", from Horrorscope, is notably characterized by a change in tempo and style from the band's other songs, prefiguring the greater experimentation of the following and final album, It's All In Your Head. While the song was written about a one night stand, for many teenagers it was a song about the closing of an era (specifically of high school), and was chosen by many graduating senior classes to be their "class song".